Another marriage survived for a decade before it was asphyxiated by his hyper-controlling tendencies.But what scares me more is when a couple calls it quits after 20, 30 or 40 years.
We can choose to forgive quickly and resist resentment.
We can serve each other in purposeful ways throughout the day.
I would strain to turn the massive flywheel over the first time, but once the magnets caught, the pistons popped and the flywheel gained momentum, it almost took an act of God to kill the thing! As Isaiah notes, he “gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah ). Especially in marriage, since God thought that one up in the first place.
Still, how do we find the grace to run the race of relationship and not trip along the way? Its opening verses recall the stumbling and sinfulness of God’s people.
But the painful message soon became clear: Israel had failed despite God’s efforts to ensure her success.
Though the people kept up elaborate rituals of worship, those were meaningless to God because the people neglected to do what he truly valued: caring for orphans, widows and the poor.
Isaiah 5:1–7“What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it?
” Isaiah 5:4When I was young, I attended the wedding of an extended family member.
But it probably will not surprise you to learn that their marriage lasted less than a month.